Review: ‘Doomsday Clock’ #1 Introduces New And Old Faces

Watchmen fans rejoice! Some favorite characters from that universe are about to make a comeback, as teased in Doomsday Clock #1. But that’s not all: they’re also bringing along some new friends to make a major impact on the world of the DC Rebirth universe.

When DC Comics launched Rebirth last year, comic book fans got a hint that the Watchmen had something to do with the universe’s reset. Fans got a few more teases in the Batman and The Flash crossover story arc “The Button.” But now, readers will finally find out how the Rebirth universe happened and it probably has everything to do with Dr. Manhattan.

In Doomsday Clock #1, we see a world falling into chaos, literally about to come to an end. It almost feels reel, thanks to Geoff Johns’ incredible writing that makes this end of times scenario seem almost too familiar. There’s talk of Russian collusion, a wall between the U.S. and Mexico and North Korea, fictional stories ripped directly from real headlines. But it’s 1992, and we know that this is not our world, especially when Rorschach shows up to free a few prisoners being held in a secure facility somewhere.

Considering that Rorschach is dead, this surprises Marionette and Mime, the two prisoners he wishes to free. But this isn’t the same guy (or is it?), as both the new Rorschach and Ozymandias confirms later on.

But this is the first issue of a comic that will bring Watchmen into the continuity of DC Rebirth, so there’s also Clark Kent, aka Superman, dealing with some nightmares that could tie into what happened in that other world.

Doomsday Clock will provide answers to how these stories collide, but in the first issue, readers will have more questions, but isn’t that the point of a #1 issue? There’s a great deal here that will make readers want more and most will find themselves chomping at the bit for issue #2. Fans have waited for a year for this and fortunately, it does not disappoint.

As previously mentioned, Johns’ writing is excellent and does a great job of balancing the weird humor of the Watchmen with the DC Comics universe its story will soon collide with.

The artwork by Gary Frank is also perfect: dark and brooding, chaotic and filled with purpose. It’s also violent, which means this is a title certainly not meant for the kids.

Doomsday Clock #1 is available wherever DC Comics are sold.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Note: received a review copy of Doomsday Clock #1.

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